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Tenchi Muyo! TV Episode 8
(No Need for a Genius!)

Distributed by: Pioneer LDC (world-wide)
Length: 23 minutes
Rating: NR, Adult situation with brief nudity, parental guidance suggested
Format: Original Japanese dialog (LD), subtitled (VHS) and dubbed (VHS)

[ plot summary ]

Washu is feeling a little out of practice... after all, she had been held in stasis for the past 700 years. Problem is, she never seems to have enough time to create more diabolical inventions. The obvious solution is (of course) to get an assistant. But not just any assistant will do -- she needs an assistant as brilliant, tireless and with identical ideas as she. Enter Mecha-Washu, the all-new, all-mechanical version of Washu who has been programmed with all of Washu's intelligence, knowledge and personality -- or so she thought. Apparently, a contaminant was introduced during the transfer process, in the form of a blonde hair from a certain air-headed Galaxy Police operative we know...

[ capsule review ]

This episode is very similar to a Star Trek holodeck show -- a "what-if" scenario if you will. What would happen if you had all the power in the world, but the IQ of a pet rock? Something akin to Mecha-Washu, I bet! So instead of one very annoying, squealing air-head, we get two, except a) the second one has a deadly beam weapon which fires at random, and b) even though it's equipped with a self-destruct mechanism, it has a spare body... And as it turns out, the spare is even more unstoppable. Definitely an episode that would appeal to the very young; old kids and adults will find this one painfully annoying. (Which brings us to a rather interesting dilemma -- this review site isn't really set up to account for age preferences. Oh, well...) Lots of squealing, screaming and running around, no plot. The only good scene is at the end, when we discover Mecha-Washu's TV version of an Achille's Heel. Give it the old "thumbs-down!" - AN

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: N/R 1 star N/R
Direction: N/R 2 stars N/R
Acting: N/R 2 stars N/R
Animation: N/R 3 stars N/R
Music: N/R 2 stars N/R
Translation: N/A 3 stars N/R
Overall Rating: N/R 1 star N/R

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